Slow Cooker Poached Pears in White Wine

These slow cooker poached pears in white wine are an absolute treat. They’re tender, sweet and have lovely flavors thanks to the wine and spices we use.

Slow Cooker Poached Pears in White Wine

Poached pears in white wine are entirely different to the pears cooked in red wine. Each recipe has its pros and cons, but I find the white wine to be a bit sweeter and lighter while red wine tends to have more flavor but not as sweet.

There are many extras that go great with these slow cooker poached pears in white wine. One of my favourites is a scoop or two of vanilla ice cream. With that said, hot custard also goes great drizzled over the top of the pears.

The leftovers of these poached pears are delicious the next day for breakfast. You can eat them cold and go great sliced on some cereal. You can also heat them and have them with some ice cream or hot custard.

Poached Pears in White Wine

Firm pears tend to work better when it comes to poaching them for a long time. If they’re too tender, they will cook too fast and start to fall apart. You might be better using soft pears in a crumble or a different fruity dessert.

A video that goes through all the steps can be found right below. Alternatively, you can find the full written recipe right underneath the video. You can also find plenty of slow cooker dinner recipes around if you want something slow cooked to eat before this delicious dessert.

Slow Cooker Poached Pears in White Wine

Prep time
15 Minutes
Cook time
4 Hours
Total time
4 Hours & 15 Minutes


  • 750ml (25.3 fl oz)  white wine
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ Tbsp. vanilla essence
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 10 cardamom pods
  • 8 pears, peeled


  1. In a slow cooker, mix the sugar, white wine and vanilla.
  2. Add the cinnamon sticks, pears, and the cardamom pods.
  3. Cook for 4 hours on low or until the pears are tender.
  4. Serve the pears with a scoop or two of the poaching liquid.

Cooking Tips

  • The sugar will dissolve over time so don’t worry if it is a bit grainy at the start of cooking.
  • To achieve a syrup-like sauce you will need to remove roughly a cup of liquid from the slow cooker and reduce it in a saucepan by boiling it for five to ten minutes. Reducing the sauce will make the poaching liquid sweeter and more intense.
  • Another method of thickening the liquid is to use a paste of cornstarch. You can make this paste by mixing one tablespoon of water with a tablespoon of cornstarch. Simply mix this into the poaching liquid, and it will thicken.
  • You’re able to core and cut the pears in half if you wish to do so. Doing this will also radically reduce the cooking time by half.

Nutritional Information

This sweet dish isn’t the healthiest around, so you might want to know the nutritional information. If this is the case, then you can find all you need to know right below.

As I mention on all my slow cooker recipes, the information below is just an estimate so it may not be entirely correct. Also, don’t forget to add any extras such as ice cream or custard.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 280g (9.88 oz)
Servings Per Recipe: 8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 209 Calories from Fat 2.7
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.3g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 7mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 37g 12%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 24g
Protein 1g 2%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

There are many fruity desserts that you can do in the slow cooker. Something like the apple and rhubarb crisp is delicious and has a surprisingly crunchy topping. It’s pretty easy to prepare, and the result is so delicious.

I hope that this slow cooker poached pears in white wine recipe works out for you. It’s incredibly easy, so you shouldn’t run into any problems. If you have some feedback, tips or something else that you would like to say, then please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below.

Note: I use a 5.5L (6 Quart) slow cooker for all the recipes that I have on this website unless specified. If you have a smaller or larger slow cooker, then you might need to adjust the ingredients.

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